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Photographer of Hollywood’s Golden Age Gets First, Posthumous Exhibit

Tomorrow afternoon at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room, Canadian documentary filmmaker Barry Avrich will tell the story of the late Jack Pashkovsky, a man who photographed stars like Clark Gable and Marlene Dietrich in their prime, and then quietly kept the resulting treasure trove to himself. It was only in 2000, a year before Pashkovsky’s death at age 89, that Avrich discovered the photos while working on an unrelated film project.

The first-ever public exhibit of Pashkovsky’s work is part of the TCM Classic Film Festival, which runs April 28th through May 1st at Mann’s Chinese, the Egyptian, and the Music Box Theater. Ahead of the trip to LA, Avrich spoke with Toronto Star reporter Martin Knelman about the incredible pics:

“Pashkovsky was unknown in his lifetime, but his gift at capturing the essence of larger-than-life personalities puts him on a level with Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz,” says Avrich…

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Lunch: ‘Heroine’ Julie Menin Takes On Washington: “Move the 9/11 Trial!”

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— DIANE CLEHANE

When I met Julie Menin a few weeks ago in the Michael’s dining room and made a date for lunch, I was expecting to chat about her fabulous new show, Give and Take, which airs on Sunday night on WNBC’s NY Nonstop news channel. She’s already had Mika Brzezinski, Jane Velez Mitchell, and Barbara Corcoran as guests and is planning to chat with Annie Leibovitz on an upcoming show. Turns out we had a lot more to talk about.

In the past several weeks, Julie has been making headlines rather than reporting on them since she took up the cause of moving the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed out of Lower Manhattan. The regulatory attorney is a strong believer in public advocacy: She founded the not-for-profit Wall Street Rising in the wake of September 11 to revitalize the neighborhood and has served as the chair of Community Board 1 since 2005. After realizing that “no elected official wanted to jump into the fray,” Julie says she had “an Aha! moment” and launched into action. She penned an op-ed for The New York Times entitled “Trial By Ferry” where she proposed Governor’s Island be considered as an alternative and has been working “24/7″ to convince elected officials that a multi-year trial would paralyze the city and effectively shut down Lower Manhattan. “No one had even done a feasibility study before deciding this would happen,” says Julie. “It was foisted on Mayor Bloomberg with no analysis.”

When Bloomberg told Julie he opposed the Governor’s Island idea because he wants to build a school and recreation center there, Julie remained undaunted and came up with three other options: West Point, Otisville Prison, and Stewart Air National Guard Base. That got the attention of The White House who, Julie says, “was looking at the issue too narrowly.” Not anymore. All indications now point to an announcement of a new venue. “It’s really a testament to what a citizen can do if they speak up and insist on having their voice heard,” says Julie. As she was explaining the campaign, former Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum stopped by our table, shook Julie’s hand, and declared, “She’s our heroine!” I asked if Julie is eyeing a run for office one day, and she didn’t rule out the possibility. “I’ll just have to see where life takes me.” Stay tuned.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Don Welsh and a table full of impressive gents including Jake Hill and Harold Shain.

2. Long time no see! Producers John Hart and Fred Zollo.

3. Former William Morris honcho Wayne Kabak, who now helms WSK Management LLC, and author Jackie Leo.

4. Mitch Kanner

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Tina Fey, Sheryl Crow 2010 Matrix Honorees

nywomenfey.jpgSorry, sometimes we can’t help the clever headlines: New York Women in Communications, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women in all communications disciplines, today announced the honorees for the annual Matrix Awards.

The Matrix Awards has for 30 years celebrated strong women in the field of media and communication, and on April 19 at the Waldorf Astoria, Tina Fey, Ina Garten, Sheryl Crow, Anne Keating, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Marissa Mayer and Gayle King will all become honoree Matrices. Former Matrix recipients include Barbara Walters, Meryl Streep, Annie Leibovitz, and Anna Wintour (natch).

And our favorite comedian/news anchor, Brian Williams, will be on hand to emcee.

Full press release after the jump.

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Annie Leibovitz Unloads Debt With Tiger Woods Pic

222tiger.jpgYesterday we made mention of Vanity Fair‘s shirtless Tiger Woods cover, with the photo taken by famed VF photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Besides shooting Miley Cyrus without a shirt on, Leibovitz’s biggest scandal last year was the news of her mounting debt, some of which has been apparently relieved by selling seven of these pre-scandal pics of the golf star to the Condé Nast title. Tiger’s camp still has yet to issue a statement on the sexy pics, or the accompanying article by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who didn’t hesitate in re-structuring his interview with Woods to include the star’s off-color jokes like, “He rubbed the tips of his shoes together and then asked the women, ‘What’s this?’ They were stumped. ‘It’s a black guy taking off his condom.’”

Read More: Tiger Shoots Green For Annie –Page Six

Previously: Sexy Tiger Photos Grace Vanity Fair Cover

V Magazine Saves Its Plus-Sized Issue With Actual Plus-Sized Models

vv.jpgTwo weeks ago, we were openly critical of Terry Richardson‘s photo shoot of “plus-sized” models for V magazine‘s Size Issue, saying that the skinny plus-sized model in the “Who Wears It Better” spread just proved that “even the term ‘plus-size’ doesn’t really apply to most women in America.”

Well, we spoke too soon. V has released more photos from its size issue, and this new crop of five models incorporate sexiness into a larger frame, something that’s rarely been done with success in the fashion world.

But will the issue drive sales? Here’s at least one: Meghan McCain wrote on her Twitter yesterday, “As a plus sized girl myself, I appreciate a magazine showing that sexy women aren’t just size 0′s. I am def buying this issue of V Magazine.” And there has been an outpouring of well-wishes from the likes of Jezebel and Just Jared, two not-necessarily-fashion-mag-friendly blogs.

So does this count as a coup against fashion’s skinny regime? Not necessarily. Much like the Glamour‘s spread last year, some critics have pointed out that “plus-sized” automatically means “mostly naked” to fashion photographers, and it’s true that the V spread did incorporate nude/topless photos into its shoot. Then again, isn’t fashion 90 percent about what you’re not wearing? From Calvin Klein to Annie Leibovitz, the fashion world has always been saturated with a controversial stance of objectifying women’s bodies. Incorporating models who more accurately represent the sizes of American women doesn’t change that, it just helps us to redefine “sexy.” And it’s about time we did.

More pictures from the upcoming issue of V, after the jump.

Read More: V Magazine Preview –Models.com

It Wouldnt Be a ‘Size’ Issue If the Plus-Size Models Weren’t Naked –NYMag.com

V Gives The World A Plus-Size Shoot Not Afraid To Flaunt Its Curves — Jezebel

Curves Ahead In V Magazine — Just Jared

Previously: V Magazine Navigates Minefield Of Plus-Sized Models

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Sexy Tiger Photos Grace Vanity Fair Cover

tiger.jpgIn a preview of their February cover issue, it looks like Vanity Fair has exclusive pics that will drive every tabloid mag crazy: topless photos of a sinewy Tiger Woods — taken pre-scandal by Annie Leibovitz — accompany a post-mortem unraveling of the sex scandal that has been unfolding since Thanksgiving.

We wonder how Tiger’s camp will react.

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Norman Mailer Colony Gala: A Night of Media, Literary Superstars

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It takes a lot to bring America’s greatest living fiction, non-fiction, and journalism writers into one room, but if one woman could do, it’s Tina Brown. The Daily Beast editor-in-chief hosted the first ever Norman Mailer Colony soiree at Cipriani last night, to celebrate the non-profit in which promising young writers get to live in Norman Mailer’s house in Massachusetts for a week to a month.

Guests included Salman Rushdie, Joan Didion, Richard Goodwin, Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Annie Leibovitz, New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick and master of ceremonies, Calvin Trillin.

Among the revelers were also editors and writers from The Nation, Budget Travel, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Week.

A few pictures from the night after the jump.

Earlier: Norman Mailer Writers Colony To Honor Toni Morrison, David Halberstam

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Vanity Fair Scours the Globe, Beats the Bushes for Celebrites for Photo Sessions

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In the November Vanity Fair, there’s an Annie Leibovitz 2007 Music Portfolio of folk singers. (Exclusive shaky-cam video here.) Evidently the wily buggers are very elusive, as contributing editor Lisa Robinson writes:

Once again, research consultant Deane Zimmerman made hundreds of phone calls and sent countless e-mails to track people down.

Last year, the Music Portfolio captured a number of county artists, and they too were a canny bunch:

research consultant Deane Zimmerman had to live through about 2,000 phone calls and an equal
number of e-mails to track everyone down.

In 2005, rappers were the focus, and yes, they were surprisingly skittish:

research consultant Deane Zimmerman tracked people down through relatives, lawyers, and friends

Is it really that hard to get well-known performers to agree to get their pictures taken by a well-known photographer for a well-known magazine?

Or is there some nepotism at work here?

(photograph by Kathryn MacLeod)

BBC Lied About The Queen–Will Heads Roll?

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The BBC fibbed about Elizabeth II which must be an act of treason. Seems Her Majesty didn’t storm off in a fit of pique after a session with celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. The session was filmed for a BBC documentary, A Year With the Queen.

BBC exec. Peter Fincham said at a press launch for the doco: “Definitely a memorable bit is Leibovitz getting it wrong and the Queen losing it a bit and walking out in a huff. In most of what we see there’s a twinkle in her eye.”

The trailer showed her saying to a lady in waiting: “I’m not changing anything. I’ve had enough dressing like this, thank you very much.” implying she was leaving the photo shoot. In fact, she was saying this to the lady in waiting as she walked in.

An apology has been issued, admitting to misrepresentation. And just the other day, FBLA was hearing how the Beeb is so trusted and responsible.

Vanity Fair Unveils Bono’s Africa Covers

And, yes, there are, as rumored, 20 Annie Leibovitz-shot covers for the Bono-edited issue, including one of featuring Bono himself.

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